Don’s victory hard earned

ANGLING:

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Classified -

COARSE fish­ing re­sults have been slowed by the heavy frost and it’s a time to pick your spot care­fully.

A good tip for fish­ing in win­ter is to avoid clear wa­ter and look for the coloured wa­ter that be­trays fish ac­tiv­ity.

For the match an­glers, this is not al­ways an op­tion and it can be dif­fi­cult as in the lat­est Cinque Ports Angling So­ci­ety match fished at Ladyswalk on a near frozen Royal Mil­i­tary canal at Hythe.

The win­ner was Don Copeland of Dym­church who scaled down his tackle dra­mat­i­cally and scratched out 1.300kg of small but hard-earned roach and skim­mer bream bait­ing squats and pinkies mag­gots and the bread punch.

Sec­ond was Colin Durman with 780 grams and third Paul Musson with 390 grams.

In con­trast, the Folke­stone and Shep­way an­glers fished their Christ­mas mem­bers only match which was spon­sored by Den’s Tackle of Hythe in the rel­a­tively shel­tered Rad­nor Park Lake and some ex­cel­lent weights of carp, roach and bream showed.

At the walk off draw, I drew 15 and was one of the last to pick a swim.

How­ever, what was left in­cluded a mud stirred weed bed which proved to con­tain fish be­cause first cast I hooked a bright or­ange but freez­ing cold goldfish and it had swal­lowed my sin­gle red mag­got show­ing the fish were hun­gry de­spite the thin layer of ice.

I went on to catch 39lb 12oz of carp, rudd, bream and goldfish los­ing some big lump carp on my size 20 hook fished on the pole over squats and pinkie mag­gots.

Sec­ond was Billy Clark of Folke­stone with 12lb 8oz from the open wa­ter and third Mick Milton of Folke­stone with 12lb 5oz.

Fourth was Cindy

Richards

of Folke­stone with 8lb 14oz.

Top ju­nior was John Wil­liams Jnr of Cheri­ton with 6lb 15oz.

Other fish­ery re­ports in­clude a top weight of 17lb 6oz from Black Lake at Cot­ting­ton fish­ery near Deal by lo­cal an­gler Ian Richie.

The big­gest carp from Lake Pep­per weighed 24lb and was net­ted by Deal an­gler, Billy McGarry.

In the sea, all at­ten­tion has switched to tur­keys with the re­gion’s clubs all host­ing their open and club mem­bers’ only Christ­mas com­pe­ti­tions.

Here is a run down of what is on where: The Deal 1919 Angling Clubs turkey Bonanza Open Christ­mas Fes­ti­val is the largest of the Christ­mas matches and is on Sun­day, fish­ing from 10am un­til 3pm. Thirty tur­keys are on of­fer.

Fur­ther de­tails by con­tact­ing 01304 361248 or you can book in on the day.

The Dover Sea Angling’s club spon­sored Christ­mas Open event is also on Sun­day fish­ing the Dover South­ern break­wa­ter.

Stand in venue is the Prince of Wales pier, it’s pre-book only with Bob Duffield on 01304 822645.

Mem­bers-only Christ­mas events in­clude the Foun­tain SAC on Sun­day at Seabrook, the Folke­stone SAA on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 21 on Folke­stone pier.

Other open events sched­uled for the Christ­mas hol­i­day pe­riod in­clude The SAMF Cod Cham­pi­onships on De­cem­ber 28 at Hythe Ranges from 9.30am un­til 3pm.

En­try fee is £25 all in with all the prizes based on catches of cod. To re­serve a peg con­tact Mick on 01303 266334.

The fol­low­ing day, De­cem­ber 29, the Dun­geness Sea An­glers host their cod only event.

Fish­ing is 10am un­til 2pm with a £10 en­try. De­tails from Stephen Field on 07525 271063

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